Today is not your average hunting interview, but to me, it’s as every bit and even more important. A good portion of hunting is about heritage, likewise, this episode is heritage. It is also about life and insights from those who have lived before us.packing, to me, embodies so so many great so much of what I hope to help pass on to my kids and the next generation. If you don’t know Val Geissler, he is a horseman, a cowboy, a singer, a poet, a teacher, and a family man, among being a dad to not only his own but to so many others just to name a few things though I do not feel that sums up the man at all. If you have ever seen UnBranded, the documentary about riding mustangs from Mexico to Canada, Val is the father like figure that truly helps Ben Masters and the guys accomplish their mission. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend you watch it. Anyway, I had the chance to sit down for a cup of coffee with Uncle Val and to be honest I think I had a smile glued to my face the entire time. This interview with Val is one that I will hold close as one of my all time favorites up there with Roy Roth for a lot of reasons. Do we me a favor if this has as much impact on you as it did for me, share it with someone. I say that not for me at all, but I truly hope that as many people as possible get the chance to sit in the kitchen with Uncle Val and pull a bit of good old boy insight.
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Uncle Val – 4:46
Val’s Backstory – 9:00
The Desire to be a Cowboy – 14:25
Val’s Start with Horses – 17:05
Insight on Raising Kids – 23:42
Val’s Music Career – 26:08
Val on Life & Hard Times – 30:49
A Little Tangent on Technology – 42:21
“Unbranded” the Film – 45:42
“Hawk’s Rest” True Seclusion – 51:56
A Bit of Cowboy Poetry – 1:10:13
Val on Freedom – 1:12:42
Traditions to Preserve – 1:15:12
Instant Gratification – 1:26:30
Motivation – 1:30:49
Val in the Service – 1:35:53
Advice to Your Old Self- 1:37:53
Advice on Life – 1:41:04
Welcome to the podcast. I’m your host Cody Rich and this is The Rich Outdoors Podcast, which is mainly about hunting but we tend to bounce around quite a bit. The podcast is about things I’m curious about or things I’m interested in and honestly, I think what makes a great podcast is genuine intrigue. Today is no exception I’m sure you all know Ryan and Dr. Hillary Lampers of Hunt Harvest Health. Ryan is truly a guy I look up to in hunting and both him and his wife are awesome people, and so so knowledgeable. Kelsey and I had them over for dinner while they were visiting here in Bozeman to talk about all kinds of things, but a lot about nutrition, gardening and what Ryan calls the other side of the plate. Ryan and Hilary are amazing gardeners and on top of putting tons of meat away every year, they harvest, can, and powder virtually all of their food.
Hillary also happens to be a Naturopathic Doctor, so a few weeks ago we went ahead and had blood work drawn up to also go over and evaluate to really show and discuss specifics about eating habits, and how they affect our bodies. I can’t thank the Lampers enough for jumping on with Kelsey and me and be sure to go check out they’re podcast Hunt Harvest Health. Be sure to hit subscribe and also go check out their book on gardening.
Speaking of eating healthier and finding healthier options for the backcountry. Go check out my new project backcountry fuel box. A monthly box of awesome backcountry snacks, meals, bars and all sorts of adventure fuel options. Each month we will send a box of goodies. Whether your looking to test out new options or just save money while you stock up the Backcountry Fuel Box is a perfect option. We are just launching this and the first box is going out March 20th. To really kick things off we are giving away a free subscription for life. Someone is going to get $40-$50 worth of awesome meals and snacks every month forever. You would be crazy not to sign up, there is no minimum commitment, cancel anytime, or pause anytime. Honestly, I’m not trying to make money off scamming people, I genuinely just wanted a subscription box that would be sent me full of cool hunting snacks, so I started one. Go check it out at www.backcountryfuelbox.com and if you want to be entered to win a free subscription for life all you have to do is sign up for the box by March 15th. Use the TRO code for 10% off, go sign up!
Also a huge shout out to today’s show sponsor OnX Hunt. I can not thank On X enough for all that they do for the podcast and for just having such an awesome product. On X is blowing up lately and with good reason. It is a must-have tool for hunting from shed hunting, to turkey hunting, to spring bear, not to mention fishing access, snowmobiling the list is endless. Knowing where you stand is so important. On X is the most trusted source for public/private mapping system out there. The mobile app allows you to navigate with no service or even in airplane mode. Just download the maps wherever you are going to be hunting and through magic wizardry bam, there is a little blue dot that shows right where you are. You can even share it with your buddy Joe, or not if you don’t like Joe. Either way, the app has a sweet sharing feature and a ton of other cool features. Go check it out, download it from your app store. Use promo code TRO and they will hook you up with 20% off. It’s like a secret password.
Lamers diet 9:50
Grass-fed deer vs grass-fed cows (12:30)
Gut Health and your microbiome (21:00)
Nutrition and Output (32:00)
Planning or lack thereof (43:00
Sthealthy canning and dehydration guide (59:00)
Phycological Benefits of gardening (01:10:00)
Canning Meat (01:18:00)
Evaluating Cody’s blood work (01:40:00)
The wear and tear of hunting season (01:52:00)
I am excited to share this episode with you. Jaco I would say is a good friend of mine that I have known for a couple years just from hanging out at trade shows and various events. Jaco is kind of known in our group as the crazy South African, which is meant in the best way possible. Jaco is just a solid upbeat positive guy that is always having fun and making people laugh. Jaco and I sat down and turned the microphone on finally and just talked about Africa and African hunting. pretty interesting to chat with someone who literally eat, sleeps, and breaths it living over there and literally being in the outfitting business since he could walk.
- Interview starts (5:00)
- Hunting African animals (10:00)
- Affective archery range (13:00)
- Tracking skills (19:30)
- Hunting Kudu (23:00)
- Spot and stalk in South Africa (31:15)
- Hunting the tiny ten (34:00)
- The negative look towards African hunting (37:00)
- The ripple effect (40:00)
- How to help poaching in Africa (46:00)
- How conservation is different in Africa (49:30)
- Scariest moment hunting Africa (55:00)
- Snake stories (1:00:00)
- Lion stories (1:02:45)
- Hunt with Jaco (1:08:30)
Big thanks to the show sponsors for making the show happen every week, first off to OnX, I am a huge fan of On X. even this time of year and the more I use it the more I like it. I have been using the desktop version to do a bunch of scouting. whether it be looking at new units for draw areas or scouting for spring bear. when I scout through On X on my computer I can mark waypoints and points of interest that will sync up with the mobile app while I am in the field. The Mobile app is amazing because I can download the maps to my phone and use the maps and GPS with no service or in airplane mode to save the battery. On X is the most trusted public/ private mapping system, know where you stand with On X Maps get 20% off your membership with code TRO. Go sign up its a great product, great company, and help support the companies that support the podcast. On X Maps
Speaking of supporting the show. Thank you guys for all the support on my newest project Backcountry Fuel Box. I am pumped to share this with you guys and have had so much good feedback and honestly, I think you guys are going to love it. Personally, I would be stoked to get a monthly box full of the stuff we are putting in it. That’s why I started this project really was because it was something I wanted. A monthly box that sent me all the cool new options for backcountry meals, snack, bars and everything in between. Whether you want to try new options, stock up for your next trip or just save money on the stuff you will use anyway the monthly box is a great option. Every box is going to have at least a dinner, a breakfast, a meal replacement and enough snacks and bars to test out throughout the month until the next box. For $30 bucks a month you get $40-$50 dollars worth of gear and its quality stuff Not just a pile of cliff bars. Last week we gave away three boxes to lucky winners who signed up for the presale. Ryan Moxley, Tracie Koepplin, and Jason West all won they’re first box free! but now that the site is up we are officially taking orders and between now and March 15th one lucky winner is going to win a free subscription for life! yes for life! this is not a scam and you have my word as long as you still want the box and I’m still sending out boxes you will get a free box every month. You must sign up to win this prize! head over to Backcountryfuelbox.com and sign up for your monthly box of awesomeness and you could just win a free subscription for life.
Whats up boys and girls, ladies, and gents. It’s time for another episode of the podcast. I am home and finally back from about a month straight of trade shows. Had a blast catching up with everyone and meeting tons of new people. Huge Thank you to everyone who stopped me to say hi, I am still blown away at how many people listen to the show every week and just thank you for all the support. I had so much fun just having out and hanging out with folks that I only recorded two podcasts. Which is fine I have a ton of great interviews lined up with some truly great under the radar type folks that I think you guys will really like. This week is from the Hunt Expo though and a podcast collaboration of sorts. Today I’m joined today by the crew behind finding backcountry podcast, the Wittwer Brothers, Dustin and Jason, and Corey Beckendorf. I really wanted to talk to Jason about big Muleys but with three elk guys against one Mule Deer guy, I’m sure you know where the conversation went. There are some good takeaways this episode from newbie to veteran, I like how it turned out. Had a blast with these guys and I will definitely have to have Jason back on to do a Muley Monday.
- Interview starts (5:00)
- The first backcountry experience (12:00)
- Advice to guys over east who want to try elk hunting (16:15)
- The best way to learn how to hunt elk (21:00)
- The classic elk vs mule deer fight (28:15)
- Leaving a hunt early (32:00)
- Coming out empty handed (34:30)
- “Failed” hunts (38:30)
- Using pack animals (42:00)
- Pack goats (46:00)
- Pack lamas (50:00)
- The prehistoric lama warning call (54:00)
- Finding backcountry podcast (1:07:00)
One reason I am pumped to be back from the show is to get back to work on the Backcountry Fuel Box. For those who haven’t heard, I am launching a new subscription box called Backcountry Fuel Box. Each month we are going to send you a box of backcountry meals and snacks to try out with each box having $40-$50 dollars worth of cool new products. I am super excited to finally get this thing out to you guys and so far at the shows people have been overwhelmingly in support of it. The first box will go out March 20th ish. We are taking pre-sign ups which is just your email, and if you sign up I am going to give away 3 free boxes to those of you who pre-register and take the survey. That closes this Sunday so get your name in the hat. Also, be on the lookout for a Backcountry Fuel update episode next week because we have a really cool giveaway next week. Go check it output your email in, take the 2-minute survey and you could be one of three lucky people to win a free box of goodies.
This episode is also made possible by the good folks at On X Maps and the On X Hunt app. Now is tag draw season and any serious hunter is doing a boatload of research to find that sweet spot that no one else knows about. One commonality I have found among the top hunters in the world is that they read maps like no one else. they know how to find the honey wholes that nobody has been into in years. On X is a great tool for this. When I am researching new areas I have my On X account pulled up and I can use various layers to scout areas I have never been to. Before I put in for a unit I always pull it up and see if there is a good chance I can find something no one else or at least few other people see. The huge part about this over just google earth is that now all the points I save while scouting on the desktop transfer over to the app on my phone and are right there to scout this summer when I do draw the tag. On X its a really handy tool. Get 20% off your membership with promo TRO.
In this episode, I sit down with the boys from The Experience YouTube channel Jason Price, Dan Catlin of the Wildlife Gallery, and Dallas Heyemer to chat about the crazy year they had traveling around the world. From Tajikistan for Marco Polo to Canada for Big Horns and Stones, and even Dallas’ Epic Mountain Goat hunt which is one of my favorite videos they did this year you gotta go check it out. We also bust Dallas’ balls a little but I promise it is all in good fun and no one actually got a tramp stamp tattoo, although for the record I would definitely get a tramp stamp tat for a sheep hunt. That’s probably out of context right here but it will make sense when you listen to the episode. Leave a comment if you would get a tramp stamp for a sheep hunt and we will pick someone to send a free TRO hat. Big thanks to the show sponsors today goHUNT.com Just this week I have had multiple emails asking how to get started applying out of state. How do you get started? First off bite the bullet and spend the $150 on a go hunt membership. If you want to hunt more elk or more deer this is a solid investment trust me. I always say buy tags, not gear this falls into the tags category. You don’t need a fancy pack in you don’t have an elk to put in it. This is the best place to get started and it has tons of info on how to apply, when to apply by, not to mention the easiest and fastest way to find where to actually put that dart on the map and start hunting. Go sign up if you’re not a member yet I do now because the longer you wait for more draw deadlines that go by. Use The Rich Outdoors Promo Code TRO when you sign up to help keep this mic on and you will get $50 credit to the gear shop.
- Interview starts (4:00)
- The best Dallas Hemmer stories (6:30)
- A crazy epic year (8:30)
- Types of poachers (14:15)
- Welcome to the show Dallas (16:30)
- Why is there blood on the floor? (19:00)
- International sheep hunts (24:00)
- When the S.O.S. alert goes out (30:00
- Cody’s sheep hunting plans (37:15)
- Finishing a North American Sheep Slam (39:00)
- Dallas’ goat hunt (43:00)
- The upcoming bighorn hunt (51:00)
- Upcoming films (56:45)
- Catch up with The Experience (1:02:45)
Also a huge thank you to OnX maps for being such a great supporter of the podcast. These guys are crushing it in the map department. The New app is a game changer with tons of layers to interchange and even more on the way. I seriously don’t think I will use a GPS anymore. Why pack the extra weight when my phone is now a camera, a GPS, and sat phone. Mark waypoints send them to your buddies all kinds of cool features Use the TRO code and get 20% off your membership. Go support the company that makes the podcast possible. Go get both your OnX and your goHUNT memberships. Thanks, guys enjoy this episode with The Experience. Oh and go subscribe to their YouTube Channel.